Since 1990 SEPM has published three of the Committee's K-12 resource volumes.
Click on any of the Committee's three book titles below to see a general description of its contents and its table of contents. Selected titles from these books are available on-line: within the table of contents, click on highlighted titles to link to that activity. If you wish to see a list of on-line activities and the age group for which each activity is targeted, click here.
This is a resource book for people interested in K-12 earth science education. The book includes 22 geology activities with teacher's guides. Activities range from basic sedimentary geology and paleontology (e.g., growing crystals, measuring sediment-settling rates, invertebrate fossils, dinosaurs and evolution) to applied geology (e.g., acid rain and copper exploration). A material- and information-resource list is included. This book is useful to both teachers and geologists who work with teachers and children.
Part I: Activities
Title of Activity Author(s) Page Growing Crystals Matthew A. Beebe 1 Pattern and Design in Nature Lauret Savoy 4 Settling Sediments Steven Roof 5 How Fast Do Sediment Grains of Different Sizes Settle? Molly F. Miller 7 Field Exercise: Stream Flow Dynamics & Sedimentation Daniel J. Bisaccio and Donald L. Woodrow 13 Quicksand Model James V. O'Connor and Donald L. Woodrow 15 No-Pain Taxonomy Nancy Harms 17 Making Sedimentary Rocks Steven Roof 19 Making Caves: The Soap Model James V. O'Connor, Wallace White, and Suellen Cabe 22 Hunting Invertebrate Fossils in the Classroom Jon. O. Garbisch 24 Fossil Excavation JoAnn Coburn and Susan Stover 28 Foot Vs. Footprint John R. Anderson, Jr. 30 Detective Work on Fossil Footprints Lauret Savoy and Steven Roof 33 New(?) Thoughts on Dinosaurs Brian J. O'Neill 38 Dinosaur Paleoecology: Determining the Diet of Ancient Animals David J. Davies 42 Future Zoo Susan Stover and JoAnn Coburn 46 Paleogeographic Mapping Linda E. Okland 50 Relative Time Robert B. Jorstad 53 As Time Goes By Sharon Stroud 58 Urban Rocks: Investigating Stone Used for Buildings and Monuments Joseph T. Hannibal and Mark T. Schmidt 63 Exploring for Copper Deposits M. R. Farr 68 Is the Earth Warming? A Test of the Effect of Increased Carbon Dioxide on the Thermal Properties of Air David J. Davies and Ernest W. Blakeney 77 Acid Rain and Geology Carol Mankiewicz 82
Part II: Resources (Compiled by Lauret E. Savoy and Steven R. Roof)
Resources Page Catalogs, Supplies (government, non-commercial) 87 Catalogs, Supplies (commercial) 90 Curricula and Supplementary Materials 93 National Geology and Science Organizations 95 State Geological Surveys 97 Earth Science Periodicals of Interest to Science Teachers 100 Earth Science Books 100 Earth Science Films and Videos 103
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This book includes activities from many fields of geology, not just sedimentary geology. It is aimed at grades one through eight, and contains 206 pages of activities and resources for classroom and field experiences with elementary school children.
Title of Activity Author(s) Page Trading in Gems JoAnn Coburn 1 Mystery Minerals Susan Morgan 4 The Case of the Unknown Mineral or Not Fooled by Fool's Gold Laure Wallace 7 Edible Crystal Lab Diana S. Lawton 9 This Rock is My Rock, This Rock is Your Rock Laure Wallace 18 How to Make Sedimentary Rocks: Heat, Pressure, Cement and (TIME) Eleanora I. Robbins and James V. O'Connor 20 Testing the Role of Cement and Abrasion on Sedimentary Rocks James V. O'Connor and Eleanora I. Robbins 22 Sedimentary Rocks: Rounding, Sorting, and Stratification Jill Schneiderman 26 Modeling an Active(!!) Explosive Volcano Molly F. Miller and Thomas C. Moyer 31 Volcanic Eruptions: An Analogy of Eruptive Types John R. Anderson, Jr. 33 Ground Liquifaction: A Demonstration of Building Designs and Soil Strength During Earthquakes Douglas W. Haywick 35 Why Do Hillsides Get Washed Away? or Does a Steep Slope Speed up Erosion? David J. Davies 38 Stable Angles of Slopes Marie Morisawa 45 Mass Wasting and the Angle of Repose: An Activity Illustrating How Slope Affects Landslide Potenetial Douglas W. Haywick 48 Measuring Permeabilities of Soil and Sand Robert D. Whisonant 51 Layer Cake Geology John R. Wagner 53 Understanding Earth's Interior: Gravitational Differentiation Marcia Bjornerud 58 The Distance Between Us and Them: Sea Floor Spreading in the Atlantic Ocean Karen L. Bice 60 Plate Movements and Climate Change Karen L. Bice 66 Brittle vs. Ductile Rock Deformation Marcia Bjornerud 69 How Much Water Is There? Barbara Liukkonen 71 Water Words Barbara Liukkonen 73 What Water Would You Drink? Barbara Liukkonen 74 Dilution Solution What Water Would You Drink? 79 Is Dilution the Solution to Pollution? What Water Would You Drink? 81 Ground Water Flow in a Milk Box G. Richard Whittecar 83 Density Currents David C. Kopaska-Merkel 88 Tooth Detectives: Determining the Diets of Extinct Animals James W. Westgate 94 Trace Fossils Carol Mankiewicz and Carl V. Mendelson 99 Tree Rings as Records of the Past Marcia Bjornerud 102 Processing Shale for Fossils Sara Marcus 103 Extracting Silicified Fossils from Limestone Mohammad Haneef and David Rohr 105 Making Molds and Casts of Fossils Jonena Hearst, Susan G. Stover, and Amy Sheldon 109 Dinosongs: Combining Music, Art and Science Diane Dupuy Whitney and Priscilla Armor 115 Recommended Geology and Dinosaur Books for Kids JoAnn Coburn and Laura K. Harmon 123 We're On the Map! Karen Berquist 126 Customized Topographic Maps and Relief Models Joseph T. Hannibal 128 Making a Clay Landscape Model Kenneth S. Coles 132 A Simple, Inexpensive Method for Making a 3-D Geologic Model of Your State Suellen Hopfer and Joseph T. Hannibal 138 States of Matter Kristin O. Dennen and William H. Dennen 142 Spaceship to Earth Nancy Lindsley-Griffin and Janet D. Wright 146 Exponential Growth: The Dice Game Robert D. Whisonant 150 Exponential Growth and Chain Reactions Art Landis and Linda K. Landis 155 Geology in the News David W. Mogk 160 Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Studying the Effects of an Earthquake Kenneth L. Verosub 163 Fenwick Island, Maryland and Beyond: Who Owns the Sand? Laure Wallace 169 The Energy Game: Finding Energy Resources DeWayne Backhus 177 Where is Oil Found? Brian J. O'Neill 180 Why Do We Need Petroleum? David C. Kopaska-Merkel, Brian J. O'Neill, and Sheila Kopaska-Merkel 182 Plotting the Petroleum Plume Linda D. Morse 189 Paper Cycle/ Recycling Bin William & Mary Recycling Organization 197 What Do The FBI and Laundry Detergents Have in Common? Robert B. Finkelman 200
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